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NSW Faster Payment Policy swings into action

- January 25, 2021 2 MIN READ

The NSW Faster Payments Policy has expanded its reach with larger companies with NSW government contracts now obliged to pay their small business suppliers in 20 business days. The pilot program which runs until June follows on from the government’s 2018 commitment to pay small businesses directly contracted by the government in five business days.… Read more »


Public liability crisis crippling small business says Ombudsman

- January 22, 2021 2 MIN READ

Too many small businesses are being forced to close their doors because they can’t get public liability insurance, according to Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) Kate Carnell. Carnell has called on the Federal Government to implement the recommendations in her Insurance Inquiry, before more businesses are forced to shut down from a… Read more »

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Access to capital life and death for small businesses to survive

- January 14, 2021 2 MIN READ

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO)  Kate Carnell is urging the Federal Government to establish a revenue-contingent loan scheme for small businesses, to provide them with the cash flow they need to survive the next 12 months. With government support measures being withdrawn, banks continuing to subject small business borrowers to onerous… Read more »


ASBFEO report declares Aussie small businesses are agile and resilient

- December 14, 2020 2 MIN READ

Australian small businesses have shown their tenacity in the face of extremely challenging conditions, according to the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell’s new Small Business Counts report. The report, released by Carnell today, provides a statistical overview of small business performance in Australia, using the latest available data from the Australian… Read more »


High cost insurance pushes business to the edge

- December 10, 2020 3 MIN READ

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) Kate Carnell has found the insurance industry is gouging small business owners on essential business products. The ombudsman has handed down her Insurance Inquiry final report and has gone so far as to suggest the insurance industry is ruining the small business sector. Carnell says there is… Read more »


The changes that will help small biz on the road to recovery

- December 7, 2020 3 MIN READ

As small business continues on its pathway to recovery post COVID, there are a number of changes they should be aware of that can benefit them as business owners, writes Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) Kate Carnell. Small businesses are relieved to be busy again, with restrictions continuing to ease – particularly… Read more »


Ombudsman calls for support for indigenous business this NAIDOC week

- November 10, 2020 2 MIN READ

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell is encouraging Australians to support indigenous businesses, as the nation celebrates NAIDOC Week 2020. “The indigenous business sector is one of the fastest-growing in Australia,” Carnell says.“Supply Nation data shows the number of indigenous businesses is growing by 12.5 per cent each year. Indigenous business… Read more »

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Small Business Ombudsman: history making budget delivers boost for business

- October 7, 2020 5 MIN READ

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell says the Federal Government’s 2020 Budget is one for the history books, with a record spend that will help lift small businesses out of the COVID crisis and provide a much-needed boost to economic confidence.  New, extended and existing measures to further support small business… Read more »

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Kate Carnell: High hopes for small business Budget boost

- October 5, 2020 3 MIN READ

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has described the upcoming Federal Budget as “the most significant since the second world war”, writes Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell. The COVID crisis has plunged Australia into the worst trading conditions we have seen in living memory, Small businesses are among the biggest casualties, but they… Read more »


Government announces $800 million push for digital transformation

- September 29, 2020 3 MIN READ

The PM Scott Morrison has announced an $800 million funding injection to assist businesses to take advantage of digital technology. At first glance, this seems like a massive digital push for small business, however, a closer look shows much of the promised funding has already been accounted for. Supercharged online database to minimise red tape… Read more »